Nobody was hit nor injured by an 18-year old in Asbury Park Sunday who began firing gunshots near Prospect and Mattison Avenues around 2:15 pm, but Dyquan P. Young has to answer why to investigators in Monmouth County.

Asbury Park Police responded to a 911 and found no victims but evidence was collected from the scene.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Asbury Police Department determined a group of people were gathered in the area when the gunfire occurred.

Young is charged with second degree Possession of a Firearm for Unlawful Purpose in connection with the incident as well as with second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, third degree Hindering the Apprehension of Another, third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 Feet of a School and fourth degree Tampering.

He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township pending a detention hearing scheduled for Feb. 12, 2018.

If convicted of the second degree weapons offenses, Young faces five to ten years in state prison with a period of up to 42 months minimum or up to half the sentence imposed that must be served prior to becoming eligible for parole.

The third degree offenses carry a state prison term of between three to five years and the fourth degree offenses carries a term of up to 18 months in state prison.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443 or Detective Cynthia Yost of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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